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Lights Out for the Earth

Just months after the United States’ historic Presidential Election, people from around the world will be able to make history by using their light switches as their voting levers. Saturday, March 28, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. (local time) is designated Earth Hour by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). By turning off all lights for a full hour at this time, people will be voting for a better future for the planet in what the WWF refers to as “the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.” All members of the HWS and Geneva communities are encouraged to participate as part of our electricity savings and sustainability programs.

The WWF is urging the world to take part in Earth Hour and “Vote Earth” by switching off the lights (leaving them on, according to the event’s premise, is a vote for the opponent, global warming). Votes will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009, where official government policies to replace the Kyoto Protocol will be developed.  According to the WWF’s Web site, so far 2,398 cities, towns and municipalities in 83 countries have committed to “Vote Earth” for Earth Hour 2009.

In 2007 in Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. This local movement became global in 2008 with 50 million people switching off their lights, as well as landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Coliseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square.

In 2009, the WWF hopes to see one billion votes for Earth. For more info and to sign up and have your vote counted, visit: http://www.earthhour.org/home/